Pandemic forces FIFA, AFC to postpone Asian World Cup qualifiers
DOHA (QATAR) – Football’s world governing body FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation announced on Wednesday that the Asian qualifying matches for the 2022 Qatar World Cup have been postponed because of the pandemic crisis.
Asian qualifiers’ second round was slated to be held during the international windows in October and November. But they will not be held because of the “COVID-19 situation in many countries”, FIFA and AFC said in a statement.
It is for the second time that the qualifiers, which are the route to the 2023 AsianBuCup in China too, have been rescheduled. In March and June, the matches were postponed because of the virus.
“With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches,” the statement said.
“Further details on the new dates for the next round of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course.”
AFC had also suspended its Asian Champions League (ACL) in March.
When the ACL resumes on September 14, Qatar will be the regional hub for West Asia matches while Malaysia will be the hub for East Asia. Matches in that region will begin in October.
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